Often referred to as the “Queen of Hill Stations”, Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India and among the must include places in Himachal Tour Packages. Due to its colonial architecture, breathtaking landscape, and rejuvenating views of lofty Himalayas, Shimla is an all-time favorite holiday destination for many travellers. Apart, this colonial hill town is surrounded by many other fascinating hill stations that offer an enthralling experience to its visitors. These amazing getaways will impress you with their spectacular mountain calls. Take a look at these amazing getaways, and include a one or two in your next Shimla Tour.
Just 20 km away from Shimla, Kufri is one of the most scintillating hill stations near Shimla, and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Himachal. Kufri, positioned at an elevation of 2,510 m, is offering the perfect respite in summers and totally snow-bound in winters. Known for its snow-laden peaks, picturesque beauty and pleasant climate, Kufri is also a popular destination for skiing enthusiasts, housing some of the most attractive slopes in Himachal. Besides, the valley also boasts a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna. It is one of the must visit hill stations for those who’re looking forward to the best alternative for Shimla’s hustle and bustle of tourist crowd.
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Situated at an altitude of about 7700 feet, Mashobra is a peaceful little hill station near Shimla. Also known as ‘the Quieter Shimla’, Mashobra’s proximity to Shimla makes it a perfect alternative for people who wish to spend some time amidst mesmerizing lush greenery at a very less crowded place. Mashobra is one of the places to visit in Shimla for witnessing snowfall that will keep your breaths on hold for some time with the beautiful sceneries and heavily snow-covered peaks. Besides, this hill town offers plethora of activities for adventure junkies like skiing, trekking, and rappelling. If you are a snow lover, a trip to Mashobra during December is full of fun excitement and memorable as well.
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About 20 km from Shimla, the quaint little town of Fagu is counted among lesser-known hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, and among the best hill stations near Shimla. It is well known for its swaying green fields with the snow covered Himalayas at its backdrop. Situated on the Hindustan Tibet Road at a height of about 2500 m above sea level, Fagu is a perfect place for nature lovers and a must visit place for those fond of scenic beauty. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the best place to go. It is one of the best ski resorts in Shimla where one can try skiing as part of Shimla tour packages. Banthia Devta Temple, Water Catchment Sanctuary, Shimla Reserve Forest and Old Gorkha Fort are the places one can visit in Fagu.
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At a distance of 25 km from Shimla, Naldehra is a picturesque hill station situated at an altitude of 2044 m above sea level. This is one of the top tourist places in Himachal, and among the best hill stations near Shimla. Naldehra is famous for its beautiful natural surroundings including lush green valleys and magnificent mountain peaks and fresh water springs. Naldehra derives its name from Mahunag temple dedicated to the Serpent Lord situated here. Naldehra is dotted with several attractions which include temples, lakes, hot water springs, and scenic beauty. Of these, the 18 holes golf course is the prominent one, which was built under the supervision of Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India in the early 1900s. Maintained and run by Himachal Tourism, it is well groomed golf course and perhaps one of the finest in India. The river water rafting in Chabba is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region.
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One of the most enchanting hill stations near Shimla, Kiarighat is a quaint spot that observes a high footfall from the tourists as it is encircled by indispensable beauty of deodar, pine and oak trees. Due to the charm and beauty of Kiarighat, the place draws thousands of tourists every year. If you are looking for a budget getaway in the lap of nature, this is one of the best places for rejuvenating vacation to spend some quality time with your family and friends. It is one of the best places to visit along with Shima, among the popular hill stations in North India.
Overlooking the Satluj Valley, Chail is a quiant hill station located at an altitude of 2250 m above sea level in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. the Erstwhile summer capital of the princely state of Patiala, it is an enthralling hill stations near Shimla. Nestled in the Himachal Pradesh’s Shivalik region, the place is blessed with lush green outfields, dense cover of deodar and pine trees and the stunning views of the mountains along with the breathtaking natural beauty. Chail forms the most vital part of Himachal’s Golden triangle along with Shimla and Kufri. Maharaja Bhupinder Singh developed the highest cricket field in the world in Chail. Besides, Chail also offers various trekking and camping options by riverside for adventure enthusiasts.
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Set against the backdrop of the snow-clad mountains, Solan is one of the most popular places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Located between Chandigarh and Shimla, this little town is filled with pine and deodar forests boasts of a stunning natural beauty. With a number of cultural and heritage monuments lining the place, the town also prides in its architectural resplendence. Some of the popular attractions here are Nalagarh Palace, Arki Fort, Karol Tibba, Shoolini Mata Temple, Jatoli temple, and Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park. Besides, one can also visit the Yundung Monastery which is one of the most famous in this region.
Placed at an average elevation of 1965 meters, Theog is a small hill station near Shimla wrapped beautifully in the lap of the Himalayas. The town consists of five ‘Ghats’ (or ridges) including the Rahi Ghat, Janoghat, Deori Ghat, Bagaghat and Prem Ghat. From soaking in the mesmerizing views of the magical Himalayan landscape to rejuvenating your senses amidst its peaceful environs, it is an ideal place for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Also, it is considered one of the most favorite places to visit near Delhi for camping.
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Set in the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Ranges, Kasauli is a picturesque hill station in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the scenic hill stations situated near Shimla. With an elevation of 1,900 m, the town is known for its lush green and beautiful surroundings of the mountains that draw thousands of tourists every year. Also, the place is home to Kasauli Brewery, which is the highest brewery and distillery in the world. Monkey Point, Lower and Upper Mall, Sanawar, Baba Balak Nath Tempe, Sabathu Fort are some of the major places to visit in Kasauli. Besides, the town offers activities like trekking, paragliding, and camping for adventurous travellers as part of Kasauli tour packages.
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